A varied fare of stories have found space in the front pages of the dailies today, with most papers giving prominent coverage to the arrest of Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Calling it a 'surprise development', the Hindu says that Bhatt, who caused a flutter with his affidavits against Narender Modi, was arrested on a complaint lodged some three months ago. 'IPS Bhatt held for false affidavit', says the headline in the Pioneer.
The cabinet clearing the Mines & Mineral (Development & regulation) bill 2011, gets front page space in the Tribune and the Hindu. The Tribune's headline says 'Cabinet okays draft mines Bill', and writes that it is being seen as a major move towards reform of a sector that is rife with illegal activities.
'Modi skips BJP meet, tongues wag' is a front page item in the Hindustan Times. The paper writes that Modi's conspicuous absence from the party's two day national executive was attributed to his displeasure over L.K. Advani's efforts to project himself as BJP's candidate for PM's post. Writing on the patch up between Pranab Mukherjee & Chidambaram, the same paper's headline reads 'Govt says all is well but opposition keeps powder dry'.
On the cash for votes issue, the Hindustan Times writes that BJP MP Ashok Argal faces arrest after Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar gave her nod for his prosecution. The Hindu headline says 'Delhi Police crime branch clueless on cash-for-vote trail'.
Mail Today's top story reiterates the capital's reputation of being an unsafe city for women, with South Delhi emerging as an area of darkness, according to the results of an online poll taken by 50,000 Delhites. The Hindustan Times on the same subject says 'Dhaula Kuan is the feared zone'.
And finally, the latest to fall victim to credit card fraud is billionaire industrialist Birla, according to the Statesman & the Hindus Business line.